Studying for a new career is exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming without the right support from your RTO. To make your journey to becoming qualified and finding your dream job a bit smoother, MyPath Education takes the pressure off our students by finding their 120 hours work placement. This placement is required to satisfy your course requirements and must be completed prior to your certificate being issued.
At MyPath, we handle all the logistics for your 120 hours work placement for you. From the paperwork and shift times to the necessary insurances, we want to give you one less thing to worry about during your studies, so we organise it all. During this time, not only will you gain valuable skills and knowledge through work placement, but you will develop instrumental relationships, networks and experiences to support your continuing career aspirations. MyPath Education encourages you to go out and speak with local organisations about volunteer opportunities.
There are plenty of options when it comes to finding work placement yourself, of course. Read on to find out which path is best for you.
MyPath Education Finds Your 120 hours Work Placement
Some training organisations promise placement and don’t follow through. But you can trust MyPath Education to help you find the right 120 hours work placement to help you get real-world experience and get qualified. This placement has to be carried out before your certificate is issued (assuming you’ve been marked as competent in all units).
The easiest way to do this is to volunteer with an organisation relevant to what you’re studying. For example, if you’re studying a Certificate III in Individual Support, we’d find you work placement in an aged-care facility.
MyPath Education has various relationships with a number of facilities and organisations across Queensland for possible student placement. We organise work placement for students who enrol in our classes as part of their Certificate III in Individual Support.
You’ll receive support from our trainers during your work placement as they visit the facility to assist you.
Finding Work Placement Yourself
We also encourage students to search for 120 hours work placement yourself and to go out and discuss volunteer opportunities with local organisations.
A few useful websites to search for practical placement include:
We always encourage our students to look for placement as well as this can help speed up the process and shows that students are keen to get started in their chosen industry, which looks great to potential employers.
Applying for Placement or Work
Once you have identified an opportunity, research more about the role or organisation by looking at the organisation’s website.
- The following will assist you in making the first steps less intimidating:
- Research the organisation and the role you are interested in.
- Write down any questions you may have.
- Call to the organisation to see if they can assist with your questions and find out more
- Ask them about the application process if it is not outlined on the job advertisement.
- Complete the required documentation which may include:
- Police Check
- Updated Resume or CV
- Tailored Cover letter answering any questions outlined in the job ad.
- Submitting your application
- If you haven’t heard back within a week, follow up with a phone call
- Contact MyPath Education once you are placed or if you require any further assistance in securing placement by filling out the online workbook placement form.
What Do I Do if I Can’t Find Placement?
If you are finding you haven’t been successful in securing placement and require some support, please contact MyPath Educations Vocational Placement Coordinator who will be able to provide further advice on 07 3489 7777. We encourage all students to independently develop their skills to prepare for practical placement opportunities